The mighty and the glitterati wish Sehwags'

Published: Sunday, April 25, 2004, 20:18 [IST]
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New Delhi:Star Indian cricketers including captain Sourav Ganguly, politicians and bureaucrats were present in good numbers at a reception hosted in a five starhotel in New Delhi to wish dashing opener Virender Sehwag and his wifeAarti on their wedding.

Among those who arrived early to wish the newly weds were young seam bowler Lakhshmipathy Balaji, Ganguly and 'movers and shakers' fame Shekhar Suman.

Ganguly was later joined by vice-captain Rahul Dravid along with his wife Vijeta, Mumbai medium pacer Ajit Agarkar, ace leg-spinner Anil Kumble and teen heartthrob Yuvraj Singh.

Soon came Law Minister and Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Arun Jaitley, at whose official residence the high profile marriage was held on Thursday.

Soon the excitement of gate crashers and onlookers, who thronged the hotel lobby in numbers, knew no bounds as they chased Ganguly, who managed to slip past his admirers by getting into the elevator.

Those without invitations crowded near the entrance to the hall making it difficult for guests to get in. Dravid had a real tough time getting in as the crowd jostled with each other to close in.

TV cameras were not allowed inside the hotel and mediapersons were kept at arm's length from the reception hall.

The hotel security persons and few Delhi policemen in plain clothes found it really hard to control the die hard fans, most of whom were carrying sleak mobile phones with cameras and digital cams to catch a snap of their heroes. Also seen were some of the leading fashion designersand top bureaucrats.

The reception which began at 8 p.m., after the couple posed for press phographers and TV cameras for exactly five minutes, slowly got into full swing with the arrival of the high profile guests.

"Wow that is Balaji," exclaimed a young girl as the crowd puller, who became a big hit during the recent tour to Pakistan, walked in carrying a big bag that resembled a kit bag.

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